04th June 2021

A special ‘Relief Aid’ project carried out by the ACJU District and Divisional Branches to support those who are affected by Covid-19

Let us acquire the Mercy of Allah by helping the poor and all those who are facing difficulties to fulfil their daily needs due to the impact of Coivd-19.

The current difficult situation prevailing in our country is well known. Some areas have been completely locked down and travel restrictions have been imposed around the country. In such circumstances, it is saddening to witness many people, especially those who are daily wagers, undergoing severe difficulties in fulfilling their daily essentials.

Therefore, considering the current situation the ACJU has launched a special ‘Relief Aid Project’ which will be carried out through the ACJU District and Divisional Branches, to provide possible assistance in fulfilling the needs of those affected. The introduction session of this project was conducted online via Zoom on the 03rd of June.

There are 162 District and Divisional Branches of ACJU island-wide. Under each of these Branches, a Relief Coordinating Center is to be formed. Guidance has been provided to all ACJU Branches on assisting those of dire needs in the respective localities, especially those who are facing difficulties in acquiring their daily meals.

Those who are in severe difficulties could contact the hotline assigned by the local ACJU Branch, and inform their requirement for meals, upon which the respective Relief Coordinating Center shall make necessary efforts to fulfill the requirements. Furthermore, those who wish to extend their support for this noble cause, could also contact the assigned hotline of the respective Relief Coordinating Center and make arrangements for their contributions.

Moreover, the ACJU wishes to express its sincere appreciation to all the Masjid Federations and voluntary organizations around the country who are already engaged in these noble efforts and kindly requests them to continue their good work.

There are many Hadith quoting various virtues for those who engage in efforts to feed those in hunger. Let us strive to acquire these virtues by utilizing these crucial times of need.

ACJU Media Division

Ref: ACJU/NGS/2021/085

26.05.2021 CE | 13.10.1442 AH

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Astronomy reports have stated that a ‘Total Lunar Eclipse’ shall occur today (26th of May 2021) Wednesday, and it will be a penumbral lunar eclipse for Sri Lanka.   Furthermore, it is stated that the penumbral lunar eclipse will end at 1920 hrs Colombo time, In Sha Allah.

When a penumbral Lunar Eclipse occurs a nebulous situation will be seen in the light of moon. A part of the moon or the full moon will be not covered. The eclipse prayer is Sunnah when the full or a part of the moon or sun get covered, in compared to Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, eclipse prayer is not a Sunnah.   

Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said: The sun and the moon are two signs of Allah; they are not eclipsed on account of anyone’s death or on account of anyone's birth. So when you see them, glorify and supplicate Allah, observe prayer, give alms. (Saheehul Bukhari-1044)

 

Ash-Shaikh M.L.M. Ilyas
Secretary - Fatwa Division
All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama


Ash-Shaikh M. Arkam Nooramith
General Secretary
All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama

 

ACJU/NGS/2021/055

14th April 2021

 

The Sinhala & Tamil New Year and the beginning of the month of Ramadhaan coincide together this year. It’s a good opportunity to us as Sri Lankans to learn each other’s culture and tradition, through which we can build understanding and coexistence among the communities.

Festivals are an expressive way to celebrate glorious heritage, culture and traditions. They are meant to rejoice special moments and emotions in our lives with our loved ones. They play an important role to add structure to our social lives, and connect us with our families and history of ethnic harmony.

The President, General Secretary, Executive committee Members, Members and the Staff of ACJU express our sincere appreciation and best wishes to those who are engaged in essential services and who are employed overseas and unable to be with their families during this festive seasons.

O Allah, let this festival seasons bring upon us guidance, happiness, good health and prosperity to all.

 

Ash Shaikh M. Arkam Nooramith

General Secretary - ACJU

 

 

ACJU/MED/2021/001

02.01.2021 (17.05.1442)

 

It is well known that the ACJU is a highly reputed and recognized organization of the Muslim community. In this juncture the ACJU is approaching the completion of its centenary (1344 H – 1442 H) of service to the community.

Alhamdulillah, since its inception to date, the ACJU has been continuing on its ambitious journey unabated. We strongly believe that with the Mercy of Allah, this noble mission will continue efficiently and in a consistent manner. May Almighty Allah bless all of us to continue this mission!

The ACJU has been making utmost efforts towards the improvement of the Deen, the betterment of the nation, social unity, and reconciliation between ethnicities (https://cutt.ly/UjeCIrX) in the light of Quran, Sunnah, Ijma, Qiyas and the guidance of the predecessors.

The Executive Committee of the ACJU with the collaboration of the Central Committee, is a model entity which exhibits traits emphasized by Islam such as brotherhood, mercy, consultation, mutual understanding, concession, goodwill, generosity, tolerance and functions with utmost discipline. Unnecessary arguments are not facilitated and there aren’t any quarrels or disputes. Matters in which differences of opinions arises within the religious perspective, related opinions are expressed independently while observing discipline and ethics. And final consensus decisions taken mutually which has been the traditional culture followed by ACJU till this day. (https://cutt.ly/UjeCSYB)

The ACJU is determined in continuing its mission while maintaining the trust and loyalty of the Sri Lankan Muslim community and not to let down their expectations. Therefore we wish to state the fact to the community with utmost accountability that, the mutual goodwill, understanding and cooperation within ACJU and its Executive Committee has always been resilient till this day. Hence we bring to your attention that the ACJU, as always, with the assistance from Allah, is committed towards carrying forward the duties imposed upon itself, within the abilities bestowed. (There isn’t any other benefit except from Allah).

It is well known that the ACJU has never side stepped any of the challenges faced by the Community occasionally, but rather has been in the forefront striving to resolve them. In this regard it is significant to note that the ACJU has been working exclusively and collectively with other organizations on the issue faced by the Community on cremating the Janazas of Covid-19 victims since the inception to date, engaging in efforts to reverse the stance of the Health authorities to permit the option of burial of the deceased Covid-19 victims. (https://cutt.ly/njeVu8G)

Therefore, at a time when the community is facing various trials and tribulations, the ACJU humbly requests all Muslims to completely refrain from arousing vain suspicions, spreading rumors, engaging unnecessary arguments and to focus on engaging in good deeds that earn the Mercy of Allah, while upholding mutual understanding and unity.

 

Signatories:

 

Mufti M.I.M. Rizwe - President

 

Ash Shaikh M.S.M. Thassim – (Acting) General Secretary

 

Ash Shaikh A.C.M. Agar Mohamed - Deputy President

 

Ash Shaikh A.L.M. Khaleel - Treasurer

 

Ash Shaikh H. Omardeen - Vice President

 

Ash Shaikh A.L.M. Rila - Vice President

 

Ash Shaikh M.J. Abdul Khaliq - Vice President

 

Ash Shaikh A.L.M. Hashim - Vice President

 

Ash Shaikh S.H. Atham Bawa - Vice President

 

Ash Shaikh M.M.M. Murshid - Executive Committee Member

 

Ash Shaikh M.L.M. llyas - Executive Committee Member

 

Ash Shaikh M.F.M. Fazil - Executive Committee Member

 

Ash Shaikh K.M. Muksith - Executive Committee Member

 

Ash Shaikh Arqam Nooramith - Executive Committee Member

 

Ash Shaikh Hassan Fareed - Executive Committee Member

 

Ash Shaikh (Mufti) M.H.M. Yoosuf - Executive Committee Member

 

Ash Shaikh A.C.M. Fazil - Executive Committee Member

 

Ash Shaikh S.L. Nawfer - Executive Committee Member

 

Ash Shaikh M.K. Abdur Rahman - Executive Committee Member

 

Ash Shaikh S.A.M. Jawfar - Executive Committee Member

 

Ash Shaikh Abdullah Mahmood - Executive Committee Member

 

Ash Shaikh A.R. AbdurRahman - Executive Committee Member

 

Ash Shaikh M.H.M. Burhan - Executive Committee Member

 

Ash Shaikh Dr. Azwer - Executive Committee Member

 

Ash Shaikh Zaky Ahmed - Executive Committee Member

 

Ash Shaikh M. Nooman - Executive Committee Member

 

Ash Shaikh Dr. M. L. M. Mubarak - Executive Committee Member

 

Ash Shaikh M.S.M. Farood - Executive Committee Member

 

Ash Shaikh M.A.A.M. Bishir - Executive Committee Member

 

12.12.2020

 

Letter of All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama President Ash-Shaikh Mufti M.I.M. Rizwei to Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith for his Article which was published on 04.12.2020 in Ceylon Today Newspaper about Sharia & Cardinal`s Reply for It..

 

 

 

 

2020.11.05 (1442.03.17)

 

Health officials have announced that the second wave of Coronavirus spread is much severe than before and the country is in a vulnerable situation. We are aware that the government has taken various initiatives to further curb the spread of this disease. Every one of us must adhere to the related guidelines issued by the Government to the public and cooperate to ensure to prevent the further spread of this disease in Sri Lanka.

 

It is incumbent upon every Mu’min to believe that all matters in this world happens in accordance to the ‘Will of Allah’. Generally, Almighty Allah, has revealed the cure for all diseases. Abu Huraira (RA) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) has narrated that “Allah has not revealed any disease without having revealed its cure.”

 

Furthermore, the ACJU requests all Muslims to adhere to the following guidelines in order to protect everyone from being affected from this virus:

  1. Those who are living in the areas where the curfew is imposed should adhere the related regulations. And to act responsibly, understanding that the curfew has been enforced for the benefit of all in order to prevent the spread of the corona virus. (Media statement released on 06.04.2020: https://acju.lk/en/downloads/download-posters/file/245-an-important-announcement-jointly-issued-by-sri-lanka-police-headquarters-and-acju?start=20)

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “If you hear about it (an outbreak of plague) in a land, do not go to it; but if plague breaks out in a country where you are staying, do not run away from it.” (Saheeh Bukhari: 5729, Saheeh Muslim: 2219)

 

  1. Follow the guidelines issued by the Health officers completely. Especially guidelines such as wearing of face masks, regular washing of hands and maintenance of 1 meter distance, should be strictly adhered.

 

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Do not put a patient with a healthy person” (Saheeh Bukhari: 5771, Saheeh Muslim: 2221)

 

  1. Those who live in areas where the curfew is not in effect, should refrain from going out except for essential needs and should avoid gathering in public places.

 

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Those who remain at home to protect themselves and the others, are in the path of Allah” (Musnad Ahmed)

 

  1. Perform the five obligatory Prayers at home at the prescribed time in congregation. (Poster released on 10.05.2020: https://acju.lk/en/downloads/download-posters/file/263-performing-salaah-in-congregation-with-the-family?start=20)

 

  1. Follow the complete guidelines issued by the Waqf Board on matters related to the Masjids.

 

  1. In accordance with the previously issued guidelines, recite Qunooth-An-Naazila for a Month in the five obligatory Prayers, abstain from sinful acts, engage in Dua, Dhikr, Isthighfaar, observe Fasts and Sadaqa, and pray for the country and its people.

 

(Detailed explanation on the Qunooth-An-Naazila is included in the statement released on 26.10.2020: https://acju.lk/en/news/acju-news/item/2015-let-us-recite-qunooth-an-naazilah-briefly-during-the-regular-five-times-prayers-for-a-month-seeking-protection-from-coronavirus-covid-19)

 

Furthermore, recite the following Dua excessively:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْبَرَصِ وَالْجُنُونِ وَالْجُذَامِ وَمِنْ سَيِّئِ الأَسْقَامِ ‏

(Meaning: "O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from leprosy, madness, elephantiasis, and evil diseases." Abu Dawud: 1554)

 

  1. Aalims should remind the public frequently regarding the above matters by creating awareness and providing religious guidance.

May Almighty Allah protect the people of our Motherland and the entire world from these deadly diseases, Aameen.

 

Ash Shaikh M.S.M. Thassim

Asst. General Secretary

All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama

 

Note: We kindly requests the ACJU Branches and Trustees of Masjids to make arrangements to read out these guidelines to the public through the mosques for three days consecutively.

 

ACJU/FRL/2020/19-236

2020.10.26

1442.03.08

 

The Coronavirus (COVID 19) has spread across many countries in the world causing great inconvenience to the people. Its impact is also seen in our country. Accordingly, we are aware that quarantine curfew is imposed across many parts of the country.

By decreeing trials upon His slaves, Almighty Allah expects and prefers them to turn towards Him. In order to seek relief from these trials, we must engage in good deeds such as Prayers, Fasting, Dua (Supplications), Dhikr, Isthighfar (Seeking Forgiveness) and Sadaqa and revert towards Allah.

There are many Saheeh Hadeeths which narrates that Prophet (PBUH) has recited Qunooth An-Naazilah during times of tribulation. Based on this, Religious scholars have acknowledged that reciting Qunooth An-Naazilah during times of an epidemic is a Sunnah.

Hence, to seek protection from Almighty Allah from the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Sri Lanka, the ACJU urges the Masjids to arrange recital of Qunooth An-Naazilah during the five times Prayers for a period of one month, and those who pray at home are also encouraged to do the same. The Imams are requested to recite the following Duas (supplications) in addition to the regular Qunooth Dua recited during the Fajr prayer, in each prayer.

 

 

Ash Shaikh M.L.M. Ilyas

Secretary - Fatwa Division

All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama

Ref: ACJU/GEN/2020/025

2020.09.10 / 1442.01.21

Media Statement

Regarding the incident which occurred at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry

We wish to express our displeasure and deeply regret the incident which occurred yesterday (09th) at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI).

An urgent meeting of the Executive Committee of ACJU was held today, 10th of September 2020 at 10.30 am, to obtain clarifications from Ash Shaikh M.M.M. Murshid, Asst. General Secretary of ACJU, regarding the reported incident. As per the Constitution of the ACJU, a special committee has been appointed to further inquire about this matter.

Furthermore, Ash Shaikh M.M.M. Murshid has submitted a letter to the ACJU Head Office, informing that he is resigning from the post of Assistant General Secretary of ACJU until the inquiry proceedings of the aforesaid are completed, which was accepted by the Executive Committee of ACJU.

 

Ash Shaikh M.S.M. Thassim
Asst. General Secretary - ACJU

 

 

 

Ref: ACJU/GEN/2020/022

11th August 2020  

 

Let us unitedly strive to develop our Motherland

 

We wish to extend our heartiest congratulations to His Excellency Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the President, and the Hon. Mahinda Rajapakse, the Prime Minister, on the resounding victory obtained by the governing party at the last general election.

We also wish to extend our congratulations to all the Members who elected to the Parliament of Sri Lanka.

The fact that we were able to hold an election in these trying times is indeed a testimony to our capability as a nation, and the devotion of our people to democratic values. We have demonstrated that we are indeed a mature democracy.

We are gratified by some of the healthy trends that emerged at the election. It is very satisfying to note that our people were able to avoid violence and exercise the franchise in a free manner.

The people have unreservedly placed their confidence in the new government. With success comes responsibility. We have confidence in the new administration and its capability to usher our nation towards an era of economic prosperity, national security, and social harmony within the framework of democratic principles.

The Opposition, the Members of Parliament and the citizens regardless of political, religious or racial differences should support unitedly all productive measures taken by the Government in developing our nation as a prosperous, harmonious country.

May Almighty Allah bless our Motherland with lasting peace and prosperity and protect all of us from all forms of evils and diseases, Aameen.

 

 

Ash Shaikh M.M.M. Murshid

Asst. General Secretary - ACJU

'Fight against COVID-19'- A Joint Project by ACJU and the Embassy of China

ACJU in collaboration with the Embassy of China, under the theme, 'Fight against COVID-19', distributed Hygiene kits on the 10th of June 2020 at the Head office of ACJU.

Beneficiaries of the Hygiene Kit distribution program included religious leaders and people of all faiths, and staff members of hospitals and schools. The Hygiene Kits consisted of items such as face masks, hand sanitizers, disinfectants, etc.

On 28th of July 2020, Mufti M.I.M. Rizwe -President of ACJU paid a courtesy visit to the Embassy of China and submitted the completion report of said project to 'Chargé d'affaires Mr.Hu Wei, of the Chinese Embassy. During the said meeting Mr.Hu Wei, commended the ACJU's efforts, and further he conveyed his advanced best wishes to the Muslims of Sri Lanka for the Eid ul Adha festival. Possible ways of improving and supporting poor children's wellbeing were also discussed at the meeting.

We appreciate the cordial relationship that was established and hope to collaborate on worthy projects in the future as well.

ACJU Media Division
02.08.2020